St. Patrick’s Day always makes me think of my beer of choice: Guinness. Love it or hate it, it’s nearly a tradition come March 17th, and I am all for love. Love it shall be, and brownies there shall be.
I may sound like a lush in the above paragraph. Forgive me. In reality, I don’t drink much. I’m not a particularly large person, and so I tend to sip one drink and never finish it. This makes my husband a great person to share dinner drinks with. He’s also a great person to share brownies with. He likes the outer edge of the pan, and I prefer the gooey inside ones. Yes, our marriage is based on how we eat together.
I’ve made Guinness brownies before, but unfortunately, I never really enjoyed them all that much. It has a lot to do with the fact that they end up rather fudgy instead of having that brownie crumble that I know and love.
To eliminate this problem, I opted to use the Guinness as a flavor enhancer, to simply bring out the dark chocolate. The result is that you don’t get overwhelmed by the Guinness flavor, but you do get a dark, rich chocolate brownie that’s worth every bit of effort it took to make it.
- 1 cup Guinness Draft Beer
- 1 ½ sticks butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/ 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce the Guinness until it is about ¼ cup of thick liquid. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter and sugar. Lightly beat the eggs just until blended and add eggs and vanilla to the bowl and mix to combine. Stir in the reduced Guinness. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, and then add the flour mixture to the sugar.
- Spread the batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes until brownies are set. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into bars and serve.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We usually end up at our friends’ house for an Irish breakfast, but we don’t tend to do much else on the day itself. I suppose this shows my age and unwillingness to brave the crowds.
|Shaina Olmanson is the freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with and for her four kids and husband, Ole, drives her desire to inspire other families to do the same. Shaina is also the author of Desserts in Jars and contributes regularly to a variety of online sites and traditional print magazines.|